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Milan close gap on leaders Juventus

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Manuel Locatelli

Manuel Locatelli’s goal helped AC Milan beat Juventus for the first time since November 2012 and close the gap at the top of Serie A to two points.

The 18-year-old midfielder struck a spectacular, powerful effort from the edge of the box into the top corner.

Earlier, Juve thought they had taken the lead when Miralem Pjanic’s long-range free-kick went into the net.

After a lengthy delay, as the officials discussed whether a Juventus player was offside, it was disallowed.

Juventus piled on the pressure in the second half and almost equalised with the last kick of the game.

German midfielder Sami Khedira unleashed a long-range effort which looked destined for the top corner only for 17-year-old Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to produce a spectacular one-hand diving save.

Are AC Milan title contenders?

Juventus have won the past five Serie A titles and are favourites to lift the Scudetto again this season, although AC Milan should not be underestimated.

Vincenzo Montella’s side may lack the big name stars of the past but have young hungry players like Donnarumma, Suso and Locatelli.

If they had lost this game Milan would have been five points behind Juve. Instead they are two points behind and brimming with a confidence.

Sustaining a title challenge would be a big task for the Rossoneri but against Juve, backed by a vociferous San Siro crowd, they showed the kind of determination to suggest their resurgence is not a flash in the pan.

Line-ups

Milan

  • 99DonnarummaBooked at 50mins
  • 20Abate
  • 29Paletta
  • 13Romagnoli
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 33KuckaBooked at 44mins
  • 73LocatelliBooked at 79minsSubstituted forGómezat 81′minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 5Bonaventura
  • 8Fernández Saez
  • 70BaccaSubstituted forLapadulaat 90+3′minutes
  • 11NiangSubstituted forPoliat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 4Ely
  • 7Luiz Adriano
  • 9Lapadula
  • 10Honda
  • 15Gómez
  • 16Poli
  • 23Sosa
  • 35Plizzari
  • 80Pasalic

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 15Barzagli
  • 19BonucciBooked at 30mins
  • 4BenatiaSubstituted forMandzukicat 75′minutes
  • 23Dani AlvesBooked at 76mins
  • 6Khedira
  • 11HernanesSubstituted forSturaroat 87′minutes
  • 5PjanicBooked at 38mins
  • 12Alex Sandro
  • 9Higuaín
  • 21DybalaSubstituted forCuadradoat 33′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Cuadrado
  • 8Marchisio
  • 17Mandzukic
  • 18Lemina
  • 24Rugani
  • 25Murara Neto
  • 26Lichtsteiner
  • 27Sturaro
  • 32Audero
  • 33Evra
  • 34Kean
Referee:
Nicola Rizzoli

Match Stats

Home TeamMilanAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home8
Away22
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home19
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Milan 1, Juventus 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Milan 1, Juventus 0.

Attempt saved. Sami Khedira (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Gonzalo Higuaín.

Attempt missed. Stefano Sturaro (Juventus) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Cuadrado with a cross.

Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gianluca Lapadula (Milan).

Attempt missed. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Gianluca Lapadula replaces Carlos Bacca.

Attempt missed. Stefano Sturaro (Juventus) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Mattia De Sciglio.

Attempt missed. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a cross following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Andrea Poli (Milan).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Stefano Sturaro replaces Hernanes.

Delay in match Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan) because of an injury.

Booking

Gustavo Gómez (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hernanes (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gustavo Gómez (Milan).

Foul by Sami Khedira (Juventus).

Andrea Poli (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hernanes (Juventus).

Juraj Kucka (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Gustavo Gómez replaces Manuel Locatelli.

Booking

Manuel Locatelli (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Manuel Locatelli (Milan).

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Andrea Barzagli.

Attempt blocked. Suso (Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carlos Bacca.

Booking

Dani Alves (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dani Alves (Juventus).

Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Mario Mandzukic replaces Medhi Benatia.

Attempt missed. Dani Alves (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Andrea Barzagli.

Attempt blocked. Juraj Kucka (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Giacomo Bonaventura.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Carlos Bacca.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Manuel Locatelli.

Attempt blocked. Alex Sandro (Juventus) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dani Alves with a cross.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Juraj Kucka.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Alessio Romagnoli.

Attempt missed. Hernanes (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dani Alves.

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Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Milan close gap on leaders Juventus

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